Since almost everyone placed on a respirator dies (for whatever reason), there is little to no benefit in delaying exposure to the virus. Over the long run nearly the same number of people will die from it. The only possible benefit might result from serious impositions like a quarantine so exposure does not happen and this takes time to deploy. This option was politically rejected. A delay would also provide time to develop a cure or a vaccine to prevent death. HCQ is a potential cure and it has been used in limited cases, however the trials that were to occur at Columbia did not take place- No HCQ they said. AS far as we know, there is no vaccine.
Either this is all a delay tactic, or we seem to be impotent in taking the necessary steps to do anything that might actually save lives and time. Demanding the HCQ be given up for the trials would seem to be straightforward, and distributing the rest for patients might save lives. As for the quarantine, people can be walled in, but they can also put up a fence to keep people from getting in. It is a mistake in terms of lives, to not quarantine the infected from the uninffected. There are still hotspots and some benefit to doing this- but no one is.